ESPN pundit feels Chelsea should avoid signing Mauro Icardi


ESPN pundit Gabriele Marcotti has advised Chelsea to avoid the signing of Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan as he may not suit their style of play. The Argentina international is currently on a season-long loan at Paris Saint-Germain where he has bagged 20 goals in all competitions but the club are reluctant to exercise the £62m buy clause amid the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

They have sought to negotiate a lesser price for the marksman but so far, they have been unable to do so. As a result, Icardi has been fancied to return to San Siro during the summer but he could thereafter be sold to another European club, considering he is not in the plans of manager Antonio Conte.
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Willian not comfortable with returning to training


Chelsea footballer Willian says that the players are not comfortable in playing with the current circumstances. They want the uncertainty regarding the virus to be cleared. This leads to the conclusion players are notsatisfied in the league beginning within a few weeks.

The football activity in England was suspended during the month of March and the committee nowhas decided to bring back Premier League by mid-June.United Kingdom has been affected gravely by the virus with 34,000 deaths and 240,000 confirmed positive cases. With thousands of positive cases, UK is still struggling to go back to normalcy.
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Jorginho dismisses talk of leaving Chelsea for Serie A return

Italian midfielder Jorginho has said that he is ‘very happy’ at Chelsea and has no plans of returning to the Serie A during the summer transfer window. The 28-year-old is currently in his second season with the west London giants and he has already made nearly 100 appearances across all competitions.

In an interview covered by Calciomercato, Jorginho acknowledged that he had some concerns with the language but that has been solved over the past 18 months. He added that he is happy playing for the Blues despite the fact that he misses the atmosphere back home, he told: “I’m very happy here at Chelsea. Last year I only spoke in Italian, but this year I have improved my English. I miss the atmosphere and the food, but as I said, I’m happy here in London.”
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Pat Nevin unsurprised by the early success of Billy Gilmour

Former Chelsea ace Pat Nevin is unsurprised with the early impression made by midfielder Billy Gilmour. The 18-year-old was recently handed his maiden Blues start in the FA Cup fifth round against Liverpool and he managed to dominate the proceedings in the midfield with his impressing positioning.

Thereafter, the youngster made his full Premier League debut against Everton and he produced a similarly effective performance as the Blues ran out 4-0 victors. In both of those games, he was adjudged as the man of the match and that has not surprised Nevin, who has watched the midfielder’s progress through the youth ranks.
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Lampard tips Reece James to compete with Alexander-Arnold for England spot

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has hailed the crossing abilities of Reece James into the box and believes the club graduate will provide tough competition to Trent Alexander-Arnold for the right-back with England. James has been one of the many young players, who have benefited from Lampard’s management this season and his performances have been consistently good despite the club’s average form over the past few months.

James has got a number of crosses into the box with perfection this season but unfortunately, his teammates have not been on the same wavelength and most of the times, they have been slow to react to the deliveries. As a result, James has managed just two assists over the course of the Premier League campaign but Lampard is hopeful that the statistic improves with the better understanding with the club’s forwards.

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Frank Lampard critical of Chelsea players after Bournemouth defeat

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has expressed his disappointment on the team following their shock 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth in the Premier League. The west London giants were tipped to pick up a victory against an injury-plagued Bournemouth side but that was clearly not the case as they lacked the cutting edge in the final third of the pitch.

The Capital outfit were frustrated for most parts of the game against a resolute Cherries defence and they were ultimately on the wrong end of a 1-0 result after Gosling beat the offside trap to score the winning goal in the 84th minute. Speaking after the game, Lampard said that the Blues have struggled in front of their supporters this term and acknowledged that the performance against the Cherries was far from acceptable.

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Drogba Wants to Run for Role of Ivory FA President

Didier Drogba has revealed that he does not want to spend time in the dugout as a coach, as he has much bigger plans for his future. The 41-year-old announced his retirement as a player following his recent spell with Phoenix Rising. Immediately, speculation mounted about his potential return to Chelsea, where he was reportedly offered a great job as a coach. However, Drogba has turned down this option in order to try and become the next Ivorian FA president.Augustin Sidy Diallo is the current president of the Ivorian FA and Drogba has already started campaigning about his outline for the FA if he takes over.

Regarded as one of the greatest African footballers, Drogba has been able to win every major honour in English football during his time with Chelsea – over two spells. Hence, a natural line of progression would have been taking up a coaching role at Chelsea considering that the club have already brought in two of their former players – Petr Cech and Frank Lampard – in a coaching capacity. Lampard has been appointed as the club manager whereas Petr Cech is the sporting director. Drogba would have been in a bigger capacity, but he has chosen to spend his time with African football, where he is regarded in legendary status.

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Didier Drogba speaks on Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has said that he had a close relationship with Romelu Lukaku during their time together at Stamford Bridge. The Belgium international struggled to make a strong impression with the west London side but his decision to move on has paid dividends with him becoming one of the most sought-after strikers in the world.

Speaking to HLN, Drogba revealed that the duo were close to each other at former club Chelsea and Lukaku continues to ask advice whenever possible. He added that Lukaku is one of the best in the world but he has ample room for improvement, given he is approaching the prime of his professional career.

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Lampard believes Chelsea duo will become ‘big players’ for the club

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said that the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James have a big career ahead with the Blues. The young duo are currently in training after recovering from their respective injury setbacks and they are likely to make their first-team bow under Lampard before the end of the month.

Speaking in a press conference, Lampard said that both Hudson-Odoi and James need to achieve peak fitness before they are up for selection for the first-team. The Blues legend added that the duo are likely to make a big impact with the club going forward, he told: “Callum’s going to play along with Reece James, so they’ll get minutes which is important now because Callum has been training with us for a while but there are still some issues with the injury itself that we need to make sure he’s OK with. He’ll need to get match fit, so these games are really beneficial for him and Reece James similarly. I’m pleased with that. They’re two young players that are going to be big for this club going forward.”

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Allardyce slams Chelsea’s second-half showing against Manchester United

Former Premier League manager Sam Allardyce has criticised the performance of Chelsea during the season opener against Manchester United on the road. The Blues were the dominant side in terms of the chances created and possession at Old Trafford, but that did not necessarily influence the outcome of the game as United won by a comfortable 4-0 score.

Speaking after the encounter, Allardyce stated that the Blues were the better team in the league clash but that has not been reflected with the result. He continued to criticise the west London giants, who seemed to lose concentration during the final 30 minutes where they conceded as many as three goals on the counter-attack.

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